Submitting To ACI Journals

Submitting to ACI Journals

ACI Publications Policy sets the principles for all ACI publications. The Author Guidelines below describe in detail the requirements for submission of manuscripts for the ACI Structural Journal and ACI Materials Journal. To begin the peer review process, please submit your manuscript through Manuscript Central at

Basis of Acceptability

ACI Journal manuscripts must be within the area of interest of ACI and further the knowledge in concrete materials, design, and construction; be original in authorship and publication; be based on adequate factual record; and be significant in data or treatment. Reviewers will evaluate the suitability of the manuscript for publication and state justification for publication.

The language of publication is English and the manuscript must be understandable and correct in English writing, grammar, and syntax. The English language editing service found on the Manuscript Central author dashboard will help ensure your paper is clearly written in Standard English.

Manuscript Submission Procedure

On-Line Submission: Initial Manuscript Submission

Go to the website and log in (the website can also be accessed through the publications menu at If you are not a registered user, you must register to use the site. Enter the Author Center and click on the link to submit a new manuscript. Answer all of the questions and click submit. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your submission.

In case of difficulties with on-line manuscript submission, please use the "Get Help Now" link found on Manuscript Central.

Format Requirements

Please refer to the Sample ACI Journal Manuscript that can be used as a template.

Manuscripts that do not meet the Formatting Requirements (1 to 5) below cannot be processed for peer review. Please submit a clean manuscript that does not show changes, corrections, or deleted material marked on the manuscript.

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1. Typescript
Double-spaced typed (including the abstract, references, and figure captions)
12-point font size (such as Times New Roman or Courier)
One column format: A4 (210 x 297 mm) with 20 mm margins, or 8 1/2 x 11 in. with 1 in. margins and page numbers at the bottom to facilitate peer review.

2. Length
Maximum 10,000 words or word equivalents for the entire submission. Estimated length (approximate word equivalents) for pages, tables, figures, and equations:

Each full double-spaced page of text: 300 words
Table 1/2 page, 150 x 100 mm (6 x 4 in.): 400 words
Figure1/2 page, 150 x 100 mm (6 x 4 in.): 200 words
Equations (more than 1/2 the width of page): 50 words/equation

3. Units of Measurement
Dual units—U.S. Customary and SI Units (including tables and figures). Text, tables, and figures must include dual units. Please see sample manuscript for examples.

In the case of large, complex tables and figures put conversion factors for the units used in a footnote (tables) or in the figure caption (figures).

4. Tables
In portrait format(Each table is not to exceed a width of 150 mm (6 in.): Each table should have a title and a number, which is cited in the body of the main text. All numbered references must be cited in sequential order (that is, 1,2,3...). Do not create your table as an Excel file. Do not place tables as graphics, do not use text boxes within table cells, and do not place tables in landscape format. Do use a minimum of 8 pt. text size.

In portrait format:Each figure should have a title and a number, which is cited in the body of the main text. All numbered figures must be cited in sequential order (that is, 1,2,3...). Figures are typically reduced before publication and, therefore, clarity in the original submission is essential.

Manuscript Structure

Manuscript Structure
The suggested sections of a typical manuscript and the order are as follows.

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I. Title - 70 Characters Maximum, including spaces between words.
II. Authors' Names and Affiliations - First name, middle initial (if any), last name (given name first, followed by family name or surname). For affiliations, list the institution and department names in full (if applicable), city, state/province, postal code, and country (if not the United States).
III. Biographical Sketch of Authors - 75 Words Maximum For each author, include:

  1. Current job title and place of employment (include location: city, state/province, country [if other than the U.S.]).
  2. Education: degrees earned and schools attended (include name, city, state/province, country [if other than the U.S.]).
  3. ACI affiliations: committee membership and/or awards received.
  4. Research interests.

EX: ACI member John Smith is a Professor at the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada. He received his BS, MS, and PhD in civil engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nev., in 1985, 1987, and 2000, respectively. He is a member of ACI Committee 117, Tolerances. He received the ACI Wason Medal for Materials Research in 1988. His research interests include shear strength and seismic design of reinforced concrete structures.

IV. Abstract or Synopsis - 150 Words Maximum Include on the first page of the manuscript with a concise statement of the principal findings and conclusions. Do not cite references, figures, or tables in the abstract or synopsis.

V. Keywords - 9 Keywords Maximum Used for indexing and other information-retrieval purposes. For a source of keywords, consult ACI 116R-00, "Cement and Concrete Terminology."

VI. Body of Main Text
Typical sections should include:

    • Introduction
    • Research Significance—100 Words Maximum that identifies the significance and potential impact of the reported work on the state of the art or state of practice
    • Experimental investigation or procedure (this may involve laboratory investigations and/or field investigations)
    • Analytical investigation or procedure (this may involve development of models and or verification of existing procedures)
    • Comparison of predictions and experimental results
    • Discussion of results
    • Summary and conclusions

Please do not place the text of the manuscript in text boxes (including abstract, keywords, numerical expressions, symbols, tables, and notations). Please do not number your headings.

VII. Acknowledgments - If the author(s) wishes to recognize any individuals, organizations, or agencies for assistance or support for the reported work.

VIII. List of Notations, Definitions, and Symbols - Should be provided on a separate page and should be double spaced. Notations can be listed under equations if there are only a few. Do not format notations as a table and do not place notations or symbols in text boxes.

IX. References - List author's last name (surname); first name and middle name initials (for all authors); title of the paper; name of the publication or periodical; name of the publisher, (city) and country of publication (if not the United States); volume number; issue number; (month) and year of publication; and inclusive page numbers.

The list of references can be submitted in numerical or parenthetical format. Numerical references must be cited in sequential order throughout the body of the text, i.e., 1, 2, 3,...

Sample numerical references:
1. Mejia, C.; Brown, T.; and Flores, P., "Studies of Shear Reinforcement," Principles of Concrete, 2000, pp. 36-43.

2. DiAmato, S., and Jenner, W., "Mechanisms of Shear Resistance," ACI Structural Journal, V. 103, No. 1, Jan.-Feb. 2006, pp. 67-74.

Sample of parenthetical reference (to be listed in alphabetical order in the Reference Section):
Carr, H. R., 2000, "Evaluation of T-Joints Using CFRP Composites," Advances in Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 234 pp.

Reference information should be complete and accurate (including spelling). Reference titles should be capitalized where necessary. Do not reference a work that has NOT been published or accepted for publication (that is, manuscripts that have only been submitted for publication).

X. Appendices - Data of secondary importance or data needed to support assertions in the text that is provided in appendices should be referenced in the body of the main text. If the manuscript and appendices combined exceed the 10,000 words or word equivalent count, the appendices WILL NOT be published in the printed journal. (Subsequently, the appendices will appear in PDF format on the ACI website, in their original, unedited form, as addenda of the published paper.) The appendices will also be available in hard copy to anyone who contacts ACI (and pays for applicable shipping and handling of the hard copy). You also have the option to shorten your manuscript to include the appendices within the 10,000 word limit.

XI. Tables and Figures - Figures will be reduced to approximately 85 mm (3.3 in.) in width for printing. Line drawings will be reduced as much as possible while retaining the clarity and detail of the configuration; usually the reduced size does not exceed 85 mm (3.3 in.) in width. Large lettering and heavy line weights should be used in line drawings so that they will be clear and sharp after reduction.

Figures will not be printed in color in the physical journals and, therefore, color should not be relied on as a distinction between lines in a graph, finite element printout, or photograph. However, the on-line journal editions are distributed in color. So please send color figures if available.

Do not place tables as graphics into your final manuscript.

XII. List of Tables - Provide a list of table captions that will serve as identifying labels. The list of table captions must be double-spaced on a separate page and should be provided after the appendices (if any).

XIII. List of Figures - Provide a single list of figure captions, that will serve as identifying labels. The list of figure captions must be double-spaced on a separate page and should be provided after the list of tables.

Mathematical Expressions
Every symbol must be defined and multiple meanings should be avoided. Numerals and letters must be clearly distinguished. Equations should appear on individual lines and should be numbered. Equation Maker should only be used when creating stand-alone equations. The symbol font may be used when inserting symbols within the body of the text. Do not place numerical expressions or symbols in text boxes within the body of the text.


Gender-Specific Words in Generic Contexts
Use words such as "author," "discusser," "engineer," and "researcher," instead of "he," "she," "his," "her," "our," and "we."

Final Submission Steps

After the manuscript has been approved for publication, please refer to and complete the author's Final Submission Checklist.

The final electronic version must follow all Formatting Requirements and Copyright Transfer Requirements of the Initial Submission, in addition to the following guidelines:

    • Submit an editable version of the manuscript in Word AND a PDF version of the manuscript.
    • Use automatic word-wrap (soft returns) consistently for sentences within a paragraph and the enter, or return, key (hard return) at the end of a paragraph.
    • Do not use tabs with text (i.e., do not indent blocks of text), except to begin a new paragraph.
    • Use consistent spacing throughout the document.
    • Do not use Word's automatic footnote capability. Place footnotes at the end of the document as opposed to within the text. Reference the footnotes using an asterisk (*). Do not use end notes in the final version of the manuscript.
    • Do not link references or figures.
    • Do not use brand names—only generic.

E-mail Submission: Final Manuscript Submission

E-mail the following final materials to

    • A PDF file of the manuscript
    • A Word file of the manuscript (please note that we are unable to open or edit LaTex files)
    • A detailed list or table documenting the authors' response to the review comments

Final submissions must adhere to the guidelines listed above.

Copyright Transfer Requirement

By the terms of United States Copyright Law, ACI must obtain a Copyright Transfer Agreement, completed and signed by ALL authors. The signed agreement must be in ACI's possession before the manuscript is processed for publication.

Signatures from different authors can be provided separately and can be typed and confirmed by e-mail.

Submission of a manuscript to ACI implies that it represents original, unpublished work, and is NOT under consideration for publication elsewhere. By submitting a manuscript, the author intends to transfer copyright to ACI.

Discussions, Closures, and Errata

Discussions - Discussions are open to anyone who has significant comments or questions regarding the contents of a published ACI Journal manuscript. Discussions should not contain matter readily found elsewhere, advocate special interests, contain obvious commercial intent, controvert established facts, or be purely speculative, and must be written in a professional manner.

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A discussion, not exceeding 1800-word equivalents, must be submitted within 4 months after the date of publication of the manuscript. Discussion manuscripts follow the requirements for other manuscripts except that they do not have abstracts, introductions, or conclusions. Numbering of author references, figures, tables, and equations should follow sequentially from the original manuscript throughout the discussion. The discusser must indicate the month, year, volume number, issue number, authors' names, and manuscript number of the original manuscript.

Closures - When discussions are received and approved for publication, the author(s) of the original manuscript is asked to prepare a closure, i.e., a response, that provides clarification of and conclusions to the points raised in the discussions. A closure responding to a single discussion should not exceed 1800-word equivalents in length, and to multiple discussions, approximately 1/2 of the combined lengths of all discussions. Closures are published together with the discussions. Numbering of author references, figures, tables, and equations should follow sequentially from the original manuscript throughout the discussion(s) and closure.

Errata - If an error appears in print that is serious enough to impair understanding or mislead readers, the author(s) should prepare a correction, which will be published in hard copy and incorporated into the Web version.

Submission Procedure - Discussions, Closures and Errata

E-mail discussions, closures, and errata to The following information should be included:

    • Title of manuscript for which the discussion, closure, or errata is being submitted
    • Complete names, affiliation, postal address, phone, fax (including area code), and e-mail addresses of all authors

Discussions and closures must adhere to the aforementioned guidelines.


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